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Raclette? Can anyone improve my memories

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KMG Mon 25-Nov-02 19:50:12

Dh has just bought me a raclette, which brought back many happy memories from student days, and from when I lived in Germany, and time spent in Austria, and Switzerland. Unfortunately I never actually owned or organised a raclette, and my memories are very hazy. I definitely remember fine wines! But what else - salads, new potatoes, swiss cheese (obviously)...? I feel like I am missing something crucial. Can anyone enlighten me - I'm dying to try it out!

prufrock Mon 25-Nov-02 20:01:44

Ham can be grilled along with the cheese. You can acualy get a special type of cheese called Raclette - saw it in Waitrose the other day

bayleaf Mon 25-Nov-02 20:55:25

Yes Raclette cheese is defintely better than any other I've tried in the past ( have a machine up in the attic) When I had them in France in the past the family I lived with always had smoked ham ( often jambon de campagne -cured ham)with the cheeese and potatoes but I've no idea if this is traditional or not.
Bon appetit!

elliott Mon 25-Nov-02 21:38:41

Can someone enlighten me as to what a raclette is??

JanZ Mon 25-Nov-02 22:14:25

Gherkins and plenty of feshly ground black pepper (not together!) Ham (or Jambon Cru) with it is also traditional.

One summer I worked in a cafe in the Swiss Alps - once even had a raclette done the REALLY old fashioned way, heated up beside an open fire.

GillW Mon 25-Nov-02 22:17:33

A raclette is a machine for melting cheese - what you end up with is a bit like cheese on toast, but without the toast (not a very good description, but the best I can do) - which is part of a traditional dish in the Alps. Traditional machines (like this ) take half a round of cheese (about 40cm across) - but you can get smaller ones which melt slices only (and the one I have doubles as a crepe maker).

KMG - you'd quite often get it served with various cured/smoked/dried meats and gherkins as well as what you remember.

JanZ Mon 25-Nov-02 22:21:22

Sorry Elliott, I might have confused you.

Raclette is a special kind of Alpine cheese (I'll not say Swiss as I'm not sure if they also make it in the Savoie) which melts nicely. A true Raclette machine is like a grill at 45 degrees, close to which you put half a wheel of raclette cheese, until the top layer starts to melt, at which point you scrape it off and start the process again. The melted cheese you eat with new potaotes, plenty of black pepper, gherkins, or jambon cru (like thick slices of prosciutto).

You can now buy wee machines which has lots of little trays, on which you put slices of raclette and put under its grill - and then eat with the extras mentioned above.

Hope that helps.

JanZ Mon 25-Nov-02 22:21:54

Oops - all posting together!

elliott Tue 26-Nov-02 09:26:40

sounds yummy- I love cheese on toast, but could do without the toast!

Maudy Tue 26-Nov-02 10:39:03

oooh yummy, we used to have a Raclette machine when I was a kid and just thinking about it has brought back all sorts of memories. I definitely remember new potatoes, gerkins, crusty bread and crisp white wine (or milk for me as a kid!)

Rhiannon Tue 26-Nov-02 15:00:36

We used to have them when visiting family in Switzerland. The new potoatoes were hot in a separate basket. The cheese was melted and in the other containers we cooked eggs and anything else we fancied. You were supposed to have hot drinks with it as the swiss hosts insisted you would get tummy ache from the melted cheese otherwise.

KMG Tue 26-Nov-02 18:14:11

Thank you all - you're fantastic - definitely refreshed my memories. Can't wait to try it out now. Have been looking for raclette cheese, but haven't found it here yet. (Bit of a cultural backwater here!)

I remember Rhiannon something about tummy aches - something you're NOT supposed to drink with raclette or cheese fondue..? What is it? Is it chilled white wine? or spirits?

pupuce Tue 26-Nov-02 22:09:19

KMG - DH lived 10 years in CH just informed me that only (white) wine or tea are to be drunk with Fondue or Raclette... water not a good idea!
Ham - dry cured (preferably viande des grisons but good luck finding it!)
Silver onions in vinegar and gherkins in vinegar

ENJOY!

alphajuliet123 Tue 06-Feb-18 21:40:14

Yeah, I know this thread is 17 years old but still relevant... any more ideas or what works well on a raclette grill? Anyone seen raclette cheese in a supermarket lately?

alphajuliet123 Tue 06-Feb-18 21:40:41

Sorry, 15!

WhatWouldLeslieKnopeDo Wed 07-Feb-18 18:01:36

Ocado and Waitrose both sell it

My local Mexican restaurant does something which is basically grilled vegetables or chorizo with cheese melted on top and served with tortilla chips. It would probably work well if you have one of the little pan type grills.

alphajuliet123 Wed 07-Feb-18 20:05:28

Thank you. WhatWould! I'll try Waitrose, was about to give up on the supermarkets as I've tried a few and was about to start on delis, Waitrose does have a great cheese section though.

halfwitpicker Wed 07-Feb-18 20:39:51

Dunno about tradition but in Tignes we had some smashing chips with ours shockgrin

Pollaidh Wed 07-Feb-18 20:55:53

Gherkins, pickled onions, boiled potatoes. An enormous bowl of lettuce to counteract the leaden cheese ball.

Don't drink sparking wine or water.

Nice white wine, savoie would be traditional.
Racket cheese is sold in Waitrose, in pre-cut slices as well as at deli, and specialist cheesemongers too.

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